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SOI Executive Director Dr. Jyotika Virmani (Photo: XPRIZE)

Schmidt Appoints Virmani as Executive Director

,” said Eric Schmidt, co-founder of Schmidt Ocean Institute.Virmani previously worked as associate director of the Florida Institute of Oceanography and as a senior scientist at the Met Office, the United Kingdom’s national weather service.She has a bachelor’s degree in physics from Imperial College London, a master’s degree in atmospheric and marine environmental science from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Stony Brook and a doctorate in physical oceanography from the University of South Florida.Virmani will join the institute at the end of February and will be based in

Dr Peter Ramsay (Photo: Mitcham)

Mitcham Appoints New Tech Positions

experience includes technology and engineering positions at Sonardyne International and Thales Underwater Systems.  Meecham, who has published a number of articles concerning marine acoustic technology, holds an M.Sc. (P.C. Interfacing & Software Applications) and a B.Sc. in Physics from Imperial College, London, U.K.In his role, Dr Ramsay's initial focus will be to guide the development of the company's next generation bathymetric sonar system.  He will also assist in promoting the company's products and technologies within the hydrographic industry and assist in identifying

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Tracking Ship Emissions from Space

A new ground-breaking study by University College London (UCL) Energy Institute, Imperial College and the University of Oxford shows how satellite tracking could be used to monitor compliance with the upcoming IMO 0.5% sulfur emission regulations and Emission Control Areas (ECA).Research conducted by their own researchers, UCL Energy and the University of Oxford and published today in Geophysical Research Letters, has unveiled discoveries that appear important on many levels for they describe the impact of shipping emissions on the climate: because fossil fuel emission particles from ships affect the

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ORCA Hub Readies Drones for Offshore Energy

;s GBP93m R&D funding on “Robotics and AI for Extreme Environments” through the Industry Strategic Challenge Fund (ISCF).The ORCA Hub is led by the Edinburgh Center for Robotics, a partnership between Heriot-Watt University and the University of Edinburgh. The consortium also includes Imperial College London, the University of Oxford and the University of Liverpool.Unveiling recent results at its third presentation to industry, the ORCA Hub showcased the application of 16 autonomous and semi-autonomous robotic solutions at ORE Catapult in Blyth, near Newcastle.Designed to boost safety, improve

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ROVOP Joins ORCA Hub

(Offshore Robotics for Certification of Assets) Hub offshore robotics, artificial intelligence and autonomous systems development program. The ORCA Hub is a consortium of five universities – Heriot-Watt University, University of Edinburgh, University of Liverpool, University of Oxford and Imperial College London – that are working together to develop highly specialized robotics and AI technologies for the inspection, repair, maintenance and certification of offshore energy platforms and assets.The partnership will see ROVOP support the research the ORCA Hub is carrying out in the subsea

Left to right:  Soo-hyeong Kim and Andrew Olson (Photo: AgileTek)

AgileTek Hires Two

and a promotion.   Soo-hyeong Kim has joined the company as a Graduate Engineering Analyst, alongside Andrew Olson, who has taken on the role of Business Development Engineer.   Kim previously worked at a computer aided engineering software provider, and Olson recently graduated from Imperial College London with a degree in Aerospace Engineering.   The company is also building on recent successes in the Asian market, after securing a major cable and umbilicals contract in China. In recognition of the growing subsea market in Asia, further business development in this region will be

Paul Tooms (Photo: WFS Technology)

Paul Tooms Joins WFS Advisory Board

WFS Technology Ltd announced the appointment of Paul Tooms to the company’s advisory board.   Paul studied mechanical engineering at Imperial College, London. After a brief spell working in diesel engine manufacture he joined BP as a drilling engineer, clocking up 25 years across BP Upstream before being appointed to Head of Subsea Discipline in 2005.   He took over as Head of Engineering for BP Upstream in 2009, and was made a Distinguished Advisor in 2012 in recognition of his problem solving accomplishments.   He retired from BP in 2014 and now works as a consultant

Dr. Patrick O'Brien (Photo: ITF)

O&G JIPs Target Seismic Imaging, Cyclone Forecasting

, the details of which will be announced at the Technology Showcase conference and exhibition in Aberdeen Wednesday. The Fullwave Game Changer research project has been extended for a further phase with a consortium of 15 oil and gas operator and service companies working in collaboration with Imperial College London. The phase II investment of more than $3.84 million brings the total funding over the last nine years to $11.5 million. Fullwave Gamechanger Phase II aims to deliver an advance in seismic imaging leading to enhanced prospect evaluation and reservoir exploitation. The new phase builds

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New Zealand Mulls Ocean Floor Mining Proposal

. Cook Islands in the South Pacific plans to put seabed exploration licenses up for bids later this year. In the 750,000 sq km (290,000 square miles) of territorial waters around the Cook Islands are mineral nodules the size of potatoes to lettuce heads and rich in manganese and cobalt, a resource Imperial College marine geoscientist David Cronan estimates at 10 billion tonnes. "If only 10 percent of that resource can be recovered it will be one of the largest mineral deposits ever discovered. It is a world class mineral deposit," says the Cook Islands National Seabed Minerals Policy, approved

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